GUYS, why have I lived so long without both of these things.
I love fresh herbs. I’m growing a wide variety out on my deck and want to use them in as many dishes as humanly possible.
My favorite herb lately is thyme. Thyme makes even the most boring chicken delightful.
But listen, plucking fresh thyme leaves off the stem is the most annoying thing in the world. I hate herb stems in my dishes so I’m really meticulous about only plucking leaves. And now that I’ve plucked fresh leaves from thyme a handful of thymes, I’ve realized there is better plucking way.
So many pun opportunities just utilized.
Also, chopping up herbs. I struggle. You may have seen my instagram story in which I was hacking at a cucumber like a maniac because that’s how I approach things like that. When a recipe calls for something to be chopped, I read it as saying “massacred”.
So, with sore fingers and a determined heart I turned to the only place I turn to when I need help (or anything): Amazon. And ordered 2 tools that you should order too as soon as you are done reading this blog post.
Both of these tools are pretty self explanatory, but in case they are brand new to you I’ll show you how I use them.
The herb stripper has a variety of holes that allow you to strip tiny herbs like thyme or rosemary to larger greens like kale. You simply slide the herb into one side, and slowly pull it through as the leaves become separated from the stem.
I’ve had a larger pair of scissors like these with only two blades for chopping up chicken, but I was so happy to use these 5 blade ones on parsley and cilantro.
And it even comes with a little tool to clean out the blades!
These little time savers make cooking a little bit more fun and a little bit easier. I gave David a bit of rosemary and the herb stripper and had him practice pulling it through the hole while I prepped some chicken the other evening. It was a fun activity for him, and once he’s a little older I’m sure he can actually manage to get some herbs into the bowl! 🙂